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When does Atomic Search update the index for a course?

Atomic Search indexes the courses it is installed into when it is first installed. If you install it into an account that has many courses in it, the first scan of all of the courses can take multiple days. Atomic Search first indexes the active courses and then the remaining courses.


Atomic Search considers a course active if its start date is before today and its end date is after today and its start date is less than one year before today.


After Atomic Search indexes a course the first time, it takes much less time to update the index for the course in subsequent passes. This is because it doesn’t have to request all of the content for the course.


Atomic Search updates the index for active courses every 10 hours and for inactive courses every 30 days. You can also manually request that Atomic Search update the index for a course immediately.


Courses without start and end dates are considered active and if the course is in a term and the term has start and end dates that will also help determine the active status.


If you enable sending Live Events to Atomic Search, Canvas notifies Atomic Search as soon as any content is added or updated and it updates the index as soon as it is notified.


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